Chlorine is one of the many harmful chemicals in our water today. It’s used to kill harmful pathogens in an effort to make water safe to drink. It’s also a known health hazard.
Chlorine is reported to
- increase the incidence of allergies and asthma (1)
- cause bladder and rectal cancer (1)
- damage airways and soft tissues (2)
- is a known skin and eye irritant
- reduce beneficial gut flora
- in concentration, will cause fluid in the lungs (3)
The acids [created when chlorine and water combine] are corrosive and damage cells in the body on contact. (source)
According to the USDA, the following techniques can be used to instantly neutralize the chlorine in your drinking and bathing water (4):
Ascorbic acid – 2.5 parts to 1 part chlorine (where to buy)
Sodium Ascorbate – 2.8 parts to 1 part chlorine (where to buy)
That amounts to about 1/4 teaspoon for 100 gallons of chlorinated water. For every day measuring, you can add a small pinch per gallon.
Adding a squirt of citrus to your drinking water will also give you the benefits of whole food Vitamin C and increase the health benefits.
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